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"We're gunning for the top two," says Paul

Downing bagged his first of the season and wants Rovers to keep the wheels turning over Christmas

29 November 2017

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Rovers defender Paul Downing got his first goal of the campaign at Blackpool, and alongside it, kept his Rovers run going.

The 26-year-old is yet to feature on the losing side for Rovers in the ten games he's played - winning eight of them - and extended that record with a big win at Blackpool on Tuesday night.

But despite getting his name on the scoresheet, Downing isn't hopeful of hunting down his defensive partner Charlie Mulgrew in the goalscoring table.

"It's nice to chip in, especially with Charlie scoring so many," Paul told iFollow.

"It's good to get my tap in but more importantly it's the three points needed to keep the pressure on the teams above us.

"I don't think I'll catch Charlie up but I feel centre backs should way in with four or five goals a season.

"Charlie's been phenomenal, playing consistently, scoring goals and we're lucky to have him.

"I couldn't miss really. I saw Danny [Graham] scrapping and got myself involved."

Momentum has been a regular term used by Tony Mowbray and his players in recent weeks, and Downing's the next in line to use the phrase.

But after four consecutive wins, you can see why. Rovers have been strong at the back all season, but are now winning at a canter and sharing the goals around - particularly away from home.

"We have a break now but will be aiming to continue the momentum in the Christmas period," Paul continued.

"We'd earmarked this period as a great opportunity for us to get some wins after what's been a bit of a stop-start campaign for us.

"Everyone's happy. The training ground's a good place to go into and we're full of confidence, expressing ourselves, playing good football and scoring plenty of goals.

"Winning's a good habit to have and hopefully that can continue. We've gained a few points on Shrewsbury now in the week and we're gunning down the top two. 

"We want automatic promotion and want to keep the good run going."

You can watch the full interview with Paul on iFollow Rovers by clicking here.

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